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Russia, China call for calm in Kyrgyzstan

TASHKENT, June 11 (Reuters) - The leaders of Russia and China on Friday called for calm in Kyrgyzstan after at least 12 people were killed in clashes in the south of the Central Asian nation.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told a summit of regional leaders in Uzbekistan that Russia wanted a swift end to the unrest in neighboring Kyrgyzstan, a country that hosts both U.S. and Russian military bases.

“We hope there will be a swift stabilisation of the situation in Kyrgyzstan,” Chinese President Hu Jintao said through a Russian translator. “China continues to help Kyrgyzstan as much as it can.” (Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; writing by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Steve Gutterman)

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